Malaysia’s Weird Food: Roti Canai

Words can’t describe how much I loved this flatbread served with curry sauce. So yummy. We ordered it almost every meal, and at 50 cents a serving, why not? It got to the point where the waiters would just bring it without us asking. I miss you Roti Canai!

 

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Petronas Towers: Kuala Lumpur

I have more to say about Australia, the wonderful food, the Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, but for now I’m going to skip them and hurry to catch up! Our first stop in South East Asia was Kuala Lumpur, which is Air Asia’s main hub and very convenient to travel from. We were only there for two days and spent most of our time in our guesthouse researching where to go Scuba diving the next week. We did make it to the awe inspiring Petronas Towers. While we skipped the trip up with its hefty price tag and early wake up time, $20 and 7am, we spent an hour

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More Opera House

Here are some more photos. I was  a little obsessed…

It’s an absolutely glorious building.

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Golden Temple

Kinkakuji, Kyoto’s golden temple, is not just painted gold, but is actually covered in a thin layer of gold leaf. It’s located in the middle of a beautiful traditional Japanese garden and spending time here was one of the most peaceful experiences I had in Japan.

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2011: a year abroad

Now that 2011 is over we have been looking back on our first year spent without being in Canada. It’s been a crazy and wonderful year full of new and amazing experiences. While they have been troubling and stressful times, I mostly remember our amazing adventures. The stuff we have been posting on the blog is about 2 months behind our actual trip, due to spotty internet access and a little bit of laziness, but this is what we’ve been up too this year!

January:
After the New Year started we visited Kumamoto and Kyoto with my family, went to Kurokawa for Onsen, finally made it to one of Fukuoka’s most famous sites, Dazaifu, I went skiing in Hiroshima, and we enjoyed snow covered Japan, for a weeks weeks at least.
February:
In February I started this blog which has enabled me to remember all of the things I did this year and I’m so happy I did! We celebrated the Chinese new year with a trip to Nagasaki and I enjoyed a quick trip to Shimonoseki for some sushi.

March:
This month we discovered one of our favourite places in Japan, Yakushima. We also spent some time exploring Kagoshima and it’s volcanic island, Sakurajima and celebrated girls festival day in Yanagawa.April:
In April we spent a lot of time exploring Fukuoka and enjoying the various cherry blossom viewing festivals. I rode an electric bike through Kitakyushu, saw the retro town, Mojiko, and had a delicious burger on the island of Nokonoshima.

May:
We spent golden week and a half exploring China in Beijing and Datong, and at the end of the month went camping with our apartment mates in Miyazaki.June:
I took a train trip to the nearby Saga prefecture, biked over 7 bridges from Honshu to Shikoku,  where I went to the all important Anpanman museum and saw an old Canadian friend.

July:
We  celebrated Scott’s birthday in Yufuin, spent some time on the beautiful Iki island, off of Fukuoka’s coast, stayed up all night for Fukuoka’s Yamakasa festival, saw firebreathing dragons at Omuta’s Daijayama festival, and spent a lot of time saying goodbye to the country we now love so much.August:
One last Japanese hurrah in August took us to Tokyo, Hakone and Kamakura.  We experience snow in August for the first time in New Zealand, and spent the rest of the month being gloriously cold in a camper van.

September:
We spent 6 days of September in New Zealand and then we went to Australia. The majority of the month was spent in a campervan down the east coast of Australia.October:
In October we saw Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and the Great Ocean road. Then we were off to Malaysia for two weeks, spending a few days in Kuala Lumpur and 8 days in the Perhentian islands getting SCUBA certified. We made it to Koh Lipe in Thailand just in time for a good Halloween party.

November:
The first half of November we were on Thailand’s beautiful Andaman coast. We spent a week on Koh Lanta, where we both suffered from a little bit food poisoning, I went to a yoga retreat on Koh Yao, and we had one uneventful night at the Bangkok airport before heading to Vietnam. We spent the last two weeks travelling with my parents in Northern and Central Vietnam.December:
We started decmeber off in Vietnam, but moved quickly to Cambodia for ten days, then 5 days spent in Chiang Mai Thailand, a few days in Bangkok, 9 in the Philippines, and  we ended the month and the year visiting friends in Southern Thailand.

It’s been an absolutely amazing year, the kind I’ve always dreamed of having, and I’m so sad to see it go, but I can’t wait for 2012!

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The Opera House

Another surreal travel moment: our first look at the Sydney Opera House. We spent most of our week in Sydney on the waterfront, admiring it. It is an incredibly beautiful building and we couldn’t get enough of it.

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